Burns scores a hat-trick at Phoenix awards
Burns topped off a stellar season, picking up the Adidas Golden Boot and followed up with his peers voting him the Players’ Player of the Year.
The list of honours was completed when he took out the Huawei Player of the Year award.
The 26-year-old, who notched up 13 goals in Season 10 – second only to Sydney FC marquee Marc Janko in the Golden Boot race – gave credit to Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick for his goal glut.
“He had a massive involvement in my goals this year - how I played a lot higher,” Burns told a-league.com.au.
“It's a different aspect to my game that I probably haven't really achieved before.
“I really wanted to score a lot of goals this year and he's played a main part in that.”
The Socceroo said the mood was upbeat in the Wellington camp ahead of their Elimination Finals clash with Melbourne City on Sunday.
“We’re confident, very confident,” he said. “It's finals football - it's the best time of the season.
“We've got the quality. We've shown all year that we're a good team. We just need to enjoy the moment.”
Burns has a year remaining on his Phoenix contract but remained tight-lipped about his immediate future amid interest from overseas.
But, he said, the A-League outfit would continue to prosper with or without him.
“It's a unique club, it's very passionate,” he said.
“It's one of the things you Kiwis really strive for in your sport - being so successful.
“As long as the Wellington Phoenix have that - and I think they will forever - then they'll be successful.”
Wellington Phoenix 2014/15 Award winners
Members Revera U23s Player of the Year: Roly Bonevacia
2014/15 Adidas Golden Boot: Nathan Burns
Carlsberg Fan of the Year: Niki O'Connor
Ricoh Goal of the Year: Roy Krishna
Players’ Player of the Year: Nathan Burns
Huawei Player of the Year: Nathan Burns
Lloyd Morrison Spirit of the Wellington Phoenix: TBC
Sesquicentennial Club: Manny Muscat, Vince Lia and Ben Sigmund